Oren Cass '05: Envisioning the Renewal of Work in America
Updated: Nov 15, 2018
On November 5th, Oren Cass '05 visited campus to discuss his recently released book, The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of American Work. Mr. Cass is currently a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and previously served as the domestic policy director of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign.
In the interview with Professor Don Carlson '83, Mr. Cass explained how the status quo economic policy consensus—growing the economic pie—has resulted in a culture of consumption that breeds stagnant wages, unstable families, and struggling communities. Individual and community well-being, he argues, are actually rooted in productive and meaningful work. Among his set of solutions, the value of vocational education and union reforms were key points. The discussion and Q&A session are available in the video below.
This event was organized by the Williams chapter of the American Enterprise Institute and sponsored by the Society for Conservative Thought.